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Sobriety: How to Live a Full Life in Recovery

Recovery may seem like a dream in the distant future for some. But the truth is, long-term recovery is a reality for many. And as much as alcohol misuse may seem to “choose” who it wants and the onus of the battle with alcoholism falls on the shoulders of the individual, it requires support from […]

Substance Abuse and Treatment Options
August 19, 2021

Substance abuse is the pattern and use of any type of substance in an adverse way for the purpose of modifying one’s mood. The word “substances” refers to prescription drugs, illegal drugs, over-the-counter drugs, or alcohol, as well as substances that are not considered drugs. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Substance Abuse and […]

Recognizing Drug & Alcohol Abuse in the Workplace
August 17, 2021

It’s not always easy to spot drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace. People experiencing addiction often become experts at hiding their abuse until it is too late. Still, there are often a number of tell-tale signs that something is amiss. Keep an eye out for the following issues that may indicate drug and alcohol […]

Dangers of Fentanyl: Are they Real?
August 12, 2021

If fentanyl was a houseguest, it has definitely worn out its welcome in the United States. It’s a Schedule II prescription drug meant to manage pain after surgery or to treat individuals with severe pain. Additionally, it’s a synthetic opioid, which happens to be 50-100 times more potent than morphine. The problem? Some individuals are […]

What Does Psychological Addiction Involve?
August 10, 2021

When discussing addiction, most of the time, people refer to physical addiction that occurs to a substance. However, psychological addiction is just as real. Even though it may not lead to life-threatening physical symptoms, psychological addiction can be just as uncomfortable as physical addiction. What Is Psychological Addiction? One way to understand psychological addiction is […]

Substance Abuse and Overdose Deaths are on the Rise
August 5, 2021

Substance abuse and drug overdose deaths are on the rise. A big part of this trend may be in large part due to the pandemic, as this invisible enemy has wreaked havoc over so many areas of our lives. Especially mental health. Those in sobriety may have relapsed. Others who have been battling with drug […]

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Therapist
August 3, 2021

Addiction therapy is an excellent way to combat an alcohol or substance misuse problem. When you talk to a licensed therapist about your issues, they may be able to recommend ways to alter your behavior and reduce the things triggering your substance use. Choosing a therapist might be daunting, but you can use the following […]

Simone Biles, Mental Health, and Success
July 29, 2021

Americans seem to be born with the natural ability to dream while we’re awake. We’re bred that way. Driven by the chance to succeed. The chance to rise above mediocrity. The chance to capture the ever elusive “American Dream.” The chance to mentally place ourselves anywhere but where we are physically present. But as a […]

What to Expect during Family Therapy
July 27, 2021

When a family member is struggling with a substance use disorder, it affects the entire family. Their substance use may make others in the family feel like they are dealing with a stranger. It’s not uncommon for the person experiencing addiction to act completely out of character, making the entire family feel out of sync. […]

Addiction, Substance Abuse, and Surfing
July 22, 2021

  An addiction may be hard to explain and even harder for many to understand. It’s a medical disease that’s both treatable and recurrent. It includes complicated interactions between brain circuits, the individual’s life experience, the environment, and genetics. And specifically, substance abuse can be a challenging addiction to face, but with help and treatment, […]

The Day the Music Died: Musicians and Addiction
July 20, 2021

The band started playing a familiar tune from years past. What was the name and who sang it? A friend knew it was “Piece of My Heart” by Janis Joplin and added that this artist died from a drug overdose. Jimi Hendrix did too. Jim Morrison was another. Elvis, Kurt Cobain, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse […]

What to Expect in Addiction Group Therapy
July 19, 2021

When seeking treatment for a substance use disorder, you may benefit from addiction group therapy. Group therapy is not simply individual therapy in a group setting. It must be led by a trained counselor to be effective, and when done properly, it can help people struggling with addiction to resolve their problems. Benefits of Addiction […]

California Here It Comes: Fentanyl
July 16, 2021

Think about California for a moment. What comes to mind? It’s likely Hollywood, Disneyland, the Napa Valley and beautiful beaches. Here’s a new one to add – fentanyl. Over the last several years, the supply of fentanyl in California has been ticking up big time. A trail of overdoses and deaths has followed. How large […]

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